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December 13, 2013
By MIKE LAMM The recent mention of the Indiana Innkeeper’s Tax at a meeting of the Adams County Council has spurred a Berne business to action. Naomi Muselman, co-owner of Clock Tower Inn, appeared before the council Tuesday to express her strong opposition to any such considerations of a so-called lodging tax for Adams County. Muselman informed council she and her husband, Roger, had purchased the former Black Bear Inn & Suites in October of 2012 and had recently finished a $350,000plus renovation of the property as part of their “rebranding effort.” In addition, Muselman noted the intent “to reinvest any profits over the next few years, along with a significant additional investment to update and improve the property.” To financially justify the continued renovations, Muselman admitted a “hope to slightly increase the room rates.” An innkeeper’s tax would make “raising our rates
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more difficult,” she said. As a locally owned family business, “Clock Tower Inn is an important asset for Berne and Adams County,” Musselman suggested. Speaking from the perspective of a small business owner, she pointed out that “business is soft in the area and the economy is flat” nationally, and “I don’t know how it (an innkeeper’s tax) would help Adams County or Decatur.” Muselman reminded councilors that neighboring Wells County has no innkeeper’s tax, an incentive for travelers, visitors and local guests to spend their lodging dollars elsewhere. Such a move would then more likely also affect money spent on dining and other local merchants and attractions. “Additional taxes do not See TAX, Page 3
Adams County Auditor Mary Beery reminds area residents that property tax deductions must be filed by Dec. 31, 2013, in order to be applied to the 2013-14 pay tax year. For additional information, contact the auditor’s office at 724-5303 between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
“Additional taxes do not result in additional business,” said Clock Tower Inn owner Naomi Muselman.
The Limberlost Cabin and Visitor Center in Geneva will host its annual Christmas at the Cabin event with activities planned from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. The cabin, the former home of author Gene Stratton-Porter, is decorated as it would have been in 1895. Children may visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and learn about wetland critters at Limber Jim’s interactive Swamp Show. Children may make a Christmas craft and every child is eligible to win a prize at the outdoor “Treasure Challenge.” Holiday refreshments will be served. The cost is $3, with children 3 and under admitted free.
Christmas at the Cabin
Substance abuse grants awarded
By MIKE LAMM The Adams County Substance Abuse Awareness Council has received in excess of $16,000 in state and federal grants for various materials and programs connected to drug prevention within the county, Executive Director Kelly Sickafoose reported to both the Adams County Commissioners and Adams County Councilors at their respective meetings earlier this week. The grants were allocated for expenditures in four specific funds established by the Substance Abuse Awareness Council. Listed under the Justice fund, the council was awarded $700 for the purchase of seven wearable digital cameras to be utilized by the Indiana State Police. The Prevention fund received two separate grants totaling $4,000. The first grant, in the amount of $3,000, will go to Adams Central Community Schools for development of a student assistance program, as well at $850 for South Adams Community Schools for McMillan Center field trips. The Intervention fund
Commissioners to meet Monday
Decatur Mayor John Schultz, right, told members of the Adams County Regional Sewer District board on Thursday that a maintenance agreement between the city and the district is nearly complete. Photo by J Swygart
The Adams County Commissioners will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Room 100 of the Service Complex. Ben Beer of USI Consultants, Engineers and Land Surveyors, Indianapolis, is scheduled to address the group at 1:45 p.m. concerning an engineering award for the Ceylon Bridge. Highway Department Superintendent Mark Mitchel will speak at 1:55 p.m., with Building and Maintenance Supervisor Dave Meyer completing the agenda at 2:05 p.m.
Treatment agreement between city, rural sewer board nearly at hand
By J SWYGART An official agreement between the city of Decatur and the Adams County Regional Sewer District setting the cost and terms of treatment of sewage collected by the fledgling rural sewer district will have to wait a little longer. Negotiations between the city and regional sewer officials have been ongoing for months as the two parties attempt to reach a contract outlining collection, treatment, billing and maintenance services to be provided by the city of Decatur to some 265 rural customers of the regional sewer district in the outlying areas of Monmouth and Roe Acres, Bobo, Pleasant Mills and Arcadia Village. The contract reportedly was in its final stages several months ago. In October, Decatur Mayor John Schultz Schultz told the regional board that city officials had met with their financial consultants to review numbers. “I think we’re close,” Schultz said at that time. “Our attorney is reviewing the contract, we were just not ready to bring it before the board tonight.” Fast-forward two months, and that contract is still not quite ready for public review. During Thursday evening’s monthly meeting of the regional sewer district’s board of trustees, Schultz said the final contract should be ready for review by the regional board by next week. “We are ever so close” to getting the final details included in the agreement, said Schultz. Regional sewer board attorney Mark Burry said the two sides are attempting to determine See SEWER, Page 3
received a $4,000 grant to be used for substance abuse education programs at the county jail, while the Administrative fund received an identical $4,000 grant to help with administrative costs and expenses. Sickafoose explained each of the grants in detail, noting the Adams County Law Enforcement Fund grant of $700 will be used to purchase wearable digital cameras to assist with investigations and ultimately help increase conviction rates. The cameras will be used to record interactions with individuals using alcohol or drugs, with the recording used to increase successful prosecutions, reduce agency liability, improve safety and as a training tool for new officers. The grant to the Adams Central Community Schools Student Assistance Program totaling $3,000 will be used to help fund the “Just Say No” program in the elementary, “Project Journey” in the middle school, and “Insight,” which is offered as part of a school-wide policy in grades K-12 for those who violate school policy. The $850 grant for See GRANTS, Page 2
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Hospital’s physician FW Housing Authority takes over local reins site ahead of schedule
Effective Jan. 1, The Fort Wayne Housing Authority will begin managing the Decatur Housing Authority’s (DHA) Housing Choice Voucher program, also known as Section 8 program. The Decatur program operations will be located at the FWHA’s office at 7315 Hanna Street, Fort Wayne. To best serve the DHA clients, however, Love INC and the Adams County Library are providing office space to FWHA in Decatur on an as-needed basis so that certain administrative services may be provided more conveniently to the Decatur and Adams County client base. To further remove possible barriers to the Fort Wayne office, FWHA has also installed a toll-free customer service line at (855) 372-2468. The Decatur Housing Authority currently provides housing assistance to 178 families in the Adams County communities of Decatur, Berne, Monroe and Geneva. Most of the vouchers currently serve the elderly and disabled by requiring them to pay 30 percent of their income towards rent and utilities, with the balance of the “reasonable rent” being paid by the housing authority directly to the landlord using direct deposit and email. Earlier this month, the waiting list was opened for one week, generating more than six applicants for each available voucher. Decatur Housing Authority and Fort Wayne Housing Authority agreed to the management arrangement due to federal sequestration budget cuts which became effective on March 1, 2013. Concerned that the housing assistance to its most vulnerable residents would be at risk if the DHA board had to close operations, and, to prevent the possible loss of more than $600,000 to the local economy, the DHA Board members worked hard to keep the vouchers in the local communities by partnering with FWHA and with HUD technical assistance.
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By JOE SPAULDING Work continues on the completion of the Adams Memorial Hospital physician’s building adjacent to the hospital and is nearly two weeks ahead of schedule it was reported to the Adams Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees Wednesday night. Director of Support Services Nick Nelson showed trustees some slides to update them on the progress of the building which was built several years ago but only half of the building inside was finished (and houses the offices of family practitioners Kathleen Heimann, Crystal Jencks, and Jessamine Hippensteel, and general surgeons Anthony Nigliazzo and Lindsay Hardley). With changes to the medical staff, the board decided earlier this year to finish the interior of the other half and with some remodeling of the existing part, will be able to afford a better flow of patients coming into the building. Nelson said when all work to the building is done, patients will enter through the front as See HOSPITAL, Page 3
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By BRENT LEHMAN North Adams Community Schools
Now’s the time to consider the Early College Program at BHS
Last month, I wrote about the need for all students to further their education after high school. This could be through a skill certification, apprenticeship, college degree or the military. The point last month was there are good jobs available without attending a four-year college, but you will need some kind of further training. This month I want to return to the college conversation and look at the Bellmont High School Early College Program. The Early College Program is open to all freshman students entering Bellmont High School who would like to attend college. The program, however, is primarily designed to assist those students who may never have considered college as an option or they think their grades coming out of middle school are too low. To enter the program, the student and the parent must commit to the activities of the program designed to prepare students for a successful college experience. These activities include study tables, being a participating member of a group of fellow students, enrolling in rigorous academic courses, and writing essays for scholarships. I am sure the students who might be reading this article are thinking that sounds like a large amount of work beyond the regular class work.
BLURRED BATON — Sameer Patel’s baton was faster than the camera’s shutter Tuesday evening during the Holiday Pops concert presented at South Adams High School by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Patel is the assistant conductor for the philharmonic orchestra and led the 64-piece group through a selection of holiday favorites. Photo by Mike Lamm
Global Opportunities Club launched at SA
By MIKE LAMM World Language Teacher Sally Morrison informed the South Adams school board this week of the formation of a Global Opportunities Club, created “to bring students together who have an interest in learning about other countries and cultures…and a taste of what is outside Adams County.” Morrison told the board of some of the club’s goals and suggested projects, which include an international food carry-in and lunch, guest speakers, pen pal exchanges and field trips. Morrison said nine students had attended the initial organizational meeting Aug. 29, but following a carry-in of Greek food, 30 students attended the Dec. 3 meeting. “The club is off to a really good start,” Morrison stated. In other business, the board approved strategic planning goals, and resolutions hiring Valerie Yoder as a half-time Title I teacher and Art Booth as a part-time Fire and Rescue Career and Technical Education teacher for the 201415 calendar year, contingent upon sufficient enrollment in the class. The board also approved a same-day field trip for the Biblical Literature Class, taught by Seth Sprunger, to attend visit the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., on Dec. 11 and an overnight field trip to the Meat Judging Contest at Purdue University by FFA students advised by Jason Shuck on Jan. 24-25. Litwiller also informed the board of the receipt of donations totaling $800 from Mark LeFever, Bill Lehman, Jamie McDonald and Mike O’Dell to be used for the purchase of the new disease-resistant variety of elm trees at the softball field. The next meeting of the board will be held at 5:15 p.m., Jan. 14 rather than the normal 6 p.m. time due to a conflict with the Adams County Athletic Conference basketball tournament.     
There is additional work. The payoff for this extra effort comes when the student graduates from Bellmont High School with approximately 30 college credits. This education background in high school will prepare students for a successful college experience. The added bonus is one year of college is completed with little or no expense. With college tuition running about $13,000 per year that is a real savings. If you add the additional expense of room and board for one year, that number can easily exceed $25,000. I am proud Bellmont High School is one of only four high schools in the state of Indiana, and the only one in Northeast Indiana, with this certified program in place. In the spring of 2014, the first class of Bellmont High School Early College students will receive their diplomas. Now is the time to be thinking about joining the group that will graduate in 2018. If you will be a freshman next fall and you would be interested in looking into the Early College Program, please contact Sean Faurote, Bellmont High School guidance director, at 7247121 for more information. If you are not a current student in the North Adams district but have interest in this program, Mr. Faurote can explain how you can join this program.
State bishops issue letter on proposed gay marriage ban
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Bishops representing Indiana’s five Roman Catholic dioceses have issued a pastoral letter in response to a proposal to add a ban on gay marriage to the state constitution, but didn’t take a side. The letter says the church upholds the dignity and sanctity of marriage, an institution established by God as a permanent partnership between one man and one woman. But it also says the church upholds the dignity of every human, including people with same-sex attraction, who must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.
Indiana panel eyes meth, child abuse link
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state commission seeking ways to improve the lives of Indiana’s most vulnerable children is forming a task force to investigate whether there’s a link between methamphetamine arrests and child welfare cases. Members of the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana voted Wednesday to create the task force after hearing about disturbing cases involving child deaths in homes where adults were using illegal drugs. In one case, a boy fell into a bucket of bleach and drowned after his mother passed out from drug use. The director of Indiana’s Department of Child Services, Mary Beth Bonaventura, said Wednesday that drug use the SAAC office, meeting requirements of the Governor’s Commission for a Drug-Free Indiana and providing some matching dollars for the Drug Free Communities Support Program federal grant. New SAAC chair woman Tonya Eiden was introduced to the groups by Sickafoose. Under the substance abuse group’s new organizational structure, Pat Miller will serve as vice chair, Kelly Bollenbacher will fill the position of treasurer and Wes Kuntzman will serve as secretary. Melissa Brite will be the council’s project assistant, with Christen Sprunger filling the post of Boys and Girls Club supervisor and legal applicant. In addition, school representatives on the council include Jim Compton (chair), North Adams partners; Charlie Cook (co-chair), Adams Central partners; and Earl Hough (chair), South Adams partners. Sickafoose also outlined the SAAC Compr ehensive Community Plan Goals for commissioners and councilors, and provided a summary of the Drug Free Communities Support Program. is a factor in the majority of the agency’s cases, The Indianapolis Star reported. Commission members were particularly concerned by the prevalence of meth manufacturing in Indiana. Data from the Indiana State Police show that last year, 372 Indiana children were found living in places with illegal meth labs. The commission was created earlier this year by the legislature and includes lawmakers, state department heads and judges. The panel also created a task force Wednesday to work on better coordinating services for ‘‘crossover’’ youths — those who are the subject of simultaneous child welfare and delinquency cases. Studies have shown that abused or neglected children have a much greater chance of being arrested as a juvenile, are often younger at the time of their first arrest and commit nearly twice as many offenses as children who aren’t mistreated.
I n d i a n a p o l i s Archbishop Joseph Tobin says the letter will help Catholics avoid the extremes of either seeing the public debate about the proposed amendment as a battle or as an issue in which they should simply be guided by polls.
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South Adams Schools will allow for field trips by fifth-grade students to the McMillan Health Center to learn about substance abuse, while senior high students will attend to provide a mentoring component and experience. The Park Center Intervention Fund of $4,000 will continue to provide the Substance Abuse Education Program at Adams County jail with educational services to the incarcerated population. According to Sickafoose, the first goal of the CD program is to provide basic information about substance abuse and dependency to allow each individual to assess his or her own pattern of use of drugs and alcohol. The second goal is to build relationships with the incarcerated individuals to hopefully increase their likelihood of following through with an outpatient program to further address their substance use needs. The final grant in the amount of $4,000 will assist with the costs involved in maintaining 419-238-2100
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average daily flow and maximum daily flow figures to ensure the Decatur sewage treatment plant has adequate capacity for growth both by the city and the rural sewer district. The county’s first rural sewer project is being designed to serve approximately 265 Adams County households. The estimated cost of the project has been set at $4.5 million. Bids for the project are tentatively scheduled to be accepted in February of next year, with the estimated completion in December of 2014 or early in 2015. The rural sewer board also filled its need for a bookkeeper Thursday evening by accepting a proposal from Rebecca Cochran, a Decatur certified public accountant. Cochran submitted a three-pronged proposal for consideration, which
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Adams County Regional Sewer District board members Barry Scherer, Tim Barkey and Bill Warren review documents prior to the start of Thursday night’s regular monthly board meeting. Photo by J Swygart
included bookkeeping services for initial work until the completion of the sewer construction project, at a cost of $300 per month, and other monthly billing and bookkeeping work after the district is up and running. According to board president Tim Barkey, the service agreement with the city of Decatur will include billing and mailing services, so the board voted to accept Cochran’s proposal for bookkeeping only during the construction phase of the project at this time. Project engineer Ben Adams from Commonwealth Engineering was unable to attend Thursday’s meeting, but Barkey said project plans “are pretty well complete” and that construction applications will be submitted to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the Rural Development agency soon. The board agreed to send informational letters to all affected property owners prior to those residents’ formal notification from the state agencies that will come when the project permits have been awarded.
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tigation was done. On Sept. 26 an investigation reportedly revealed a meth lab in the garage of the rental property. Eric L. Cover, 31, Antwerp, Ohio, pleaded guilty to failure to return to lawful detention. He was sentenced to 399 days in jail, with all but three months suspended and the option of that time being served on home detention. He was ordered to complete one year probation and pay $168 court costs and fees. Adams County Superior Court Judge Patrick R. Miller ruled on one case recently in Adams Superior Court. William S.T. Ogan, 22, Anderson, pleaded guilty to furnishing alcohol to a minor. He was sentenced to six months in jail, all suspended, and one year probation. He was ordered to complete Addiction Services/Substance Abuse Education. He may not possess a drug containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine unless dispensed under a prescription. He was ordered to pay $488 in court costs and fees. of community service and two years of intensive probation. She was also ordered to pay restitution of $660, court costs and partial appointed counsel fees. Concurrent 12-month prison sentences on each count weredeferred. Jeremy Cole, 22, Wren, was sentenced for complicity in breaking and entering, a felony of the fifth degree. He was sentenced to three years community control, a 60-day jail term with work release, 200 hours of community service, two years of intensive probation, and was ordered to pay costs and partial appointed attorney fees. An 11-month prison was deferred. Wells County According to The (Bluffton) News-Banner, Richard B. Davis, 28, Decatur, was arrested in Wells County for possession of methamphetamine and probation violation. He was ordered held without bond.
Adams County Circuit Court Adams County Circuit Court Judge Chad E. Kukelhan ruled on the following cases recently. Jason D. Crews, 27, Decatur, pleaded guilty to dealing in methamphetamines, a class B felony. According to court documents, on May 22, Crews’ wife was arrested during the “Operation Morning Daylight” drug sweep prompting an investigation into the home located on 11th street in Decatur, also within 1,000 feet of Northwest Elementary School. On May 27, officers searched the home and arrested Jason Crews. The Meth Supression Team was brought in during the investigation due to multiple precursors to manufacturing methamphetamine. Jason Crews was sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay $368 in court costs and fees. Adam B. Voirol, Monroe, was found guilty of dealing in methamphetamine, a Class B felony. He was sentenced to 17.5 years in prison, with 2.5 years suspended, to be served on probation. He was ordered to pay $10,000 in damages to Nathan Lehman, rental property owner, and $1,293 in court costs and fees. According to court documentation, on Sept. 16, 2013, Voirol purchased 24-hour Sudafed as indicated by the NPLEX tracking system. That system also showed Voirol purchasing Sudafed once a month since February. This action sparked alarm and an initial inves-
Santa and his reindeer ... or in this case his Wrendeer ... has been waiting patiently across the street from the Wren community park. The Wren Christmas Society will host Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Santa Shack at the corner of Ohio Route 49 and Jackson Street from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, and again on Dec. 20 and Dec. 21.Carriage rides, hot chocolate and cookies will be available during Santa’s visiting hours. Photo by J Swygart
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City crashes Four accidents were investigated this week by the Decatur Police Department. At 3:10 p.m. Wednesday, Neal P. Brown, 19, W. Monroe Street, Decatur, was waiting on North Adams Drive to turn onto U.S. 224 when a following vehicle operated by Deborah K. Harvey, 45, Hickory Road, Decatur, was unable to stop in time due to icy conditions and struck the Brown pick-up truck. Damages were placed at between $1,001-$2,500. At 3:25 p.m. Wednesday, Jacob A. Wooster, 17, rural Decatur, was southbound on Cleveland Street and he attempted to turn left onto Stevenson Street. His SUV slid on the snow and struck a parked van owned by Sian McDonald, Cleveland Street, Decatur. Between $1,001-$2,500 in damages were done to the vehicles. At 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dorothy J. Stevens, Rugg Street, Decatur, called police to inform them her husband had arrived home and noticed damage was done to her car parked in front of her residence. She said she had arrived home around 1:30 p.m. but was unaware of anyone
result in additional business,” she said. According to Muselman, “very rarely do additional taxes that create additional bureaucracy and additional government jobs end up creating a positive surplus in the Jay County end. Increasing taxes on According to the Commercial people” affects “purchasReview in Portland, Davvin Fisher, 27, Geneva, was found guilty of Van Wert County theft, a class D felony. She was Common Pleas Court Kristen Heath, 25, Rockford, sentenced to two years in Jay was sentenced for attempted bur- County jail, with all but one year From Page 1 glary and attempted grand theft, suspended, and was given credit both fourth-degree felony charges. for 113 days served. She was always but will immediately go to a recepShe was sentenced to three years ordered to 1.5 years probation tion area to be registered of community control, 30 days in and to pay $168 in court costs instead of directly headthe WORTH Center, 200 hours and fees. ing to a physician’s office. The family practitioners will actually be relocating to the new side of the building while the surgeons will be on the curHe is being held under a rent side. After being finhitting her vehicle during In custody ished with their doctor’s the two and a half hour Two persons remained $50,000 surety bond. appointment, patients Skyler D. Patterson, in custody this mornperiod of time. Police will then exit out of the said tire marks appeared ing at the Adams County 19, Bluffton, was charged rear side of the building to show an unknown Law Enforcement Center by the Adams County to provide less congesvehicle had come around following their arrest Sheriff’s Department on tion at the front portion a Wells County warrant of the building. the curve in Rugg Street, Thursday by police. struck the Stevens auto, Dustin E. Snyder, 24, N. for violating the terms of In addition, the new and then left the scene. 17th Street, Decatur, was his probation. He is being work will allow Dr. The car received an esti- arrested by the Decatur held locally without bond David Coats, the hosmated $1,001-$2,500 in Police Department on a pending a transfer to the pital’s orthopaedic surwarrant for possession custody of authorities in geon, to have his office damages. methamphetamine. Bluffton. At 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, of in this building instead Breanna N. Brown, 18, Countrybrook Road, Decatur, was backing DNR warns of thin ice up in the 200 block INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — of Countrybrook Road The state Department of but she failed to see Natural Resources is warna parked van owned ing Indiana residents to by Laura J. Clough, S. beware of thin ice on ponds Tenth Street, Decatur. and lakes despite recent The resulting collision cold temperatures. DNR caused an estimated officials say at least 4 inch$1,001-$2,500 in dam- es of ice is recommended for safe ice fishing and 5 ages to the vehicles. inches for snowmobiling.
ing decisions and makes one less competitive,” she wrote in a letter supporting her position. It would be “counterproductive for you to do that,” Muselman warned councilors, referring to the implementation of an innkeeper’s tax. The promotional return generated by such a tax is “better done by private business,” she concluded.
of the Strickler Oncology Center, and the work of out-patient Behavioral Health Services counselors will also be housed there. Nelson added some technical points of the renovation work such as all countertops in offices will be 32 inches high to comply with ADA requirements. Nelson reported a new 350-ton Carrier chiller has been installed in the basement of the hospital. This device has the ability to split its capacity so it will run much more efficiently than the current one in use. Nelson estimated the hospital should see a sizeable savings in their electric bill as a result of the new chiller.
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Zion Lutheran Church & School is again presenting a Living Nativity this year. We invite you to watch our youth present the story of Jesus’ birth on Saturday, December 14 at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. as well as Sunday, December 15 at 6:00, 6:30 and 7:00 p.m. Each show takes places on the grounds of Zion Lutheran Church located at 10th and Monroe Streets in Decatur. The presentation is approximately 20 minutes and can be viewed from within your vehicle. We look forward to seeing you!
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Don’t deck the halls for this one
Murray-Ryan deal falls far short of what’s needed to get our spending priorities right
By MATTEA KrAmEr Channeling the spirit of the holiday season, key lawmakers managed to set aside dysfunction and take the first step in a small budget deal for the 2014 fiscal year. Back in October, Congress ended the 16-day government shutdown that cost this country 120,000 jobs by appointing a 29-member, bipartisan Budget Conference Committee to broker federal spending levels. This was a necessary first step to passing a budget by Jan. 15, the expiration date they set for the stop-gap spending bill that’s currently funding the government. Upon releasing so-called top-line spending figures for fiscal years 2014 and 2015, Budget Committee Co-Chairs Representative Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray announced that they successfully crossed the first milestone. While their agreement is an important step toward bipartisanship and away from manufactured crises, it leaves a lot of congressional business unfinished — including Unemployment Insurance, Food Stamps, and the debt ceiling. It also leaves a lot to be desired as it lacks most of the things that Americans say they want. There’s broad agreement among the general public about what a budget deal should contain and as we move into the budget debates for fiscal year 2015, let’s hope that our lawmakers finally pay attention to what they missed in this deal. National polls routinely indicate that Americans want Social Security strengthened, with 82 percent choosing to preserve benefits even if it means raising taxes. As lawmakers move forward, they should listen to the American people and eliminate the $113,700 taxable limit on wages subject to Social Security taxes to strengthen and secure the program for generations to come. When it comes to the Pentagon, Americans favor cuts, with voters on average choosing an 18 percent reduction in military spend-
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Here’s some good news for the holidays: Increased sales of mobile homes, the pricey type, and towable recreational vehicles. RV manufactures are likely this year to ship more units to dealers than at any time since the recession hit in 2008. “Those grim days are now in the rearview mirror,” Bruce Schreiner wrote in a recent Associated Press article. “Employment across the industry has rebounded and consumers who once picked small, no-frills travel trailers – dubbed ‘recession trailers’ – are now trading up or buying larger, pricier RVs.” That, of course, is great news for Decatur, where Allied Recreation Group, which includes Fleetwood RV, is based, and for all of Indiana. Operations here are back to pre-recession employment levels of a thousand-plus people … and may even be higher than before. Shipments to RV dealers are considered a solid way to measure consumer demand. Shipments for 2013 are likely to land around the 316,000 mark when the year ends. That would be a near-11 percent jump from last year’s 285,749 units, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Continued increases are expected next year, officials said, as shipments are predicted to rise another six percent, to some 335,500 units, climbing ever closer to the 2007 total of 353,400 units. Just ROM two years later, in 2009, shipments were all the way down to EfT IElD 165,700 units. Meanwhile, stand-alone By motor home shipments through Bob Shraluka October this year were up 36 percent from the same period a year ago. As the industry’s annual trade show opened in Louisville on Sunday, Recreational Vehicle Industry Association President Richard Coon said, “These are good times, you guys, really good times. Business is good.” Easier credit is said to be a contributing factor in the rebound, and industry officials contend that their focus on the 30-to-49 age group has been another factor. Those families are buying towable RVs to attach to pickups or hitch to other vehicles. Good news for Decatur and Indiana? Well, 83 percent of the nation’s RV production in 2012 took place in Indiana.  
ing when they’re presented with information about current spending levels. Yet each year the military accounts for more than half of all discretionary spending approved by Congress. It’s imperative that lawmakers heed the advice of a bipartisan task force that found $1 trillion in fat over the next 10 years hiding in the Pentagon budget — and start making intelligent reductions. The Murray-Ryan deal raises revenue largely through fees and does not contain a penny of new tax revenue, even though 80 percent of Americans want to see higher taxes on corporations. Meanwhile 66 percent of Americans want tax loopholes closed for the wealthy. And these loopholes add up to big bucks —they cost the U.S. Treasury hundreds of billions of dollars each year. In 2013 alone, the tax break for offshore corporate profits, known as “deferral,” cost the U.S. Treasury $42 billion. That’s five times as much as the federal government spent on the early-childhood program Head Start over the course of this year. The tax break for capital gains and dividends income — which overwhelmingly benefits the top 1 percent of taxpayers — cost the Treasury a whopping $83 bil-
lion in 2013. That’s more than the entire food stamp program, which both chambers of Congress appear poised to cut next year. During closed-door Budget Committee negotiations we routinely heard from our lawmakers that the federal budget is “in crisis.” To use a phrase that Vice President Joe Biden made famous in last year’s vice presidential debates, that’s a bunch of a malarkey. The federal budget’s crisis is being caused by our elected officials, who have failed to fulfill their responsibility of passing a spending and revenue plan that reflects the people’s values and priorities. There’s plenty of common ground for what that plan should contain. Just following the wishes of the American people would strengthen Social Security, make smart spending cuts, and raise needed tax revenue., The Budget Committee legislation tweaked the edges of the federal budget instead of coming up with real solutions. Americans deserve better. Mattea Kramer is Research Director at National Priorities Project and the lead author of the book A People’s Guide to the Federal Budget.
The rise of liberal self-delusion
By COKIE RObErTS and STEVEN V. RObErTS The civil war ripping through the Republican Party is familiar by now. But a similar battle inside the Democratic Party is just starting to emerge. Orthodox liberals are trying to mimic the tea party and impose political correctness on moderate apostates. They point to the election of two left-wing heroes in deep blue states — Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts last year, and Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio in New York last month — as a sign that the party, and the country, is heading their way. “In our minds, Elizabeth Warren is the north star to which the entire Democratic Party can look as they seek direction,” Adam Green of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee told Politico. “The wind is at our back.” If the Democratic Party is foolish enough to listen to such nonsense, they deserve the defeats that will inevitably ensue. The Republicans provide a stark warning of what happens when an extreme faction dominates a mainstream party. In recent years, the GOP has nominated five hardline conservatives in close Senate races who then lost in the general election. Primary opponents and voters pulled Mitt Romney far to the right on issues like immigration and helped extinguish his chances of defeating President Obama. At least four senior Republican senators — Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Thad Cochran and John Cornyn — are being challenged as heretics in primaries next year. Their sin: They dare to talk to Democrats occasionally. The self-delusion infecting the left is reflected in the numbers. In 2012, only 25 percent of voters identified as liberals while 35 percent called themselves conservatives (41 percent were moderates). In a recent Gallup survey, only 19 percent chose the label “economic liberal;” 41 percent picked “economic conservative”. Or look at history. Since 1968, Democrats have nominated five northern liberals in the Warren mode (including two from her home state): Hubert Humphrey, George McGovern, Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis and John Kerry. They all lost. Before Obama, the only Democrats to win the presidency over a 40-year period were two moderate Southern governors, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. Yes, the president is from Illinois, but he hardly ran as a Warrentype ideologue. Nor has he governed as one, much to the dismay of hardliners that his press secretary once derided as “professional liberals.” And yet the left is desperate for a candidate to challenge Hillary Clinton, a card-carrying moderate, in 2016. So far, Warren insists she won’t run. But others — including two Vermonters, Sen. Bernie Sanders or former Gov. Howard Dean — could step in if she stays out. Partisanship and ideology play a vital role in American politics. The problem is when purists turn into bullies — when they want to impose their orthodoxies on everyone else. The “professional liberals” are not as effective or as organized as the tea party, but they can be just as destructive. In 2010, they supported a left-wing primary opponent against Sen. Blanche Lincoln, a two-term Democrat from Arkansas, whose centrist
Four into one…here
Under the ARG label, RV companies Fleetwood, American Coach, Monaco and Holiday Rambler, are – or soon will be – produced at the manufacturing facility here. ARG recently was awarded quality recognition from Ford Motor Company’s Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program. Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV) in November announced the formation of the four companies into one, ARG, with John Draheim appointed CEO. Draheim, who played a key role in the rescue of Fleetwood four or so years ago, has been CEO of Decatur operations for a couple of years. “We have invested in four of the most renowned brands in the industry and our success in rebuilding Fleetwood and American Coach sets the stage for a similar return to power for Monaco and Holiday Rambler,” said Jim Meyer, COO of ASV, in making the announcement. ARG also owns the Beaver, National and Safari brands, being brought here. Adams County Economic Development Director Larrry Macklin has high praise for the latest Draheim appointment. “His mind is set right; John knows what he’s doing,” Macklin said.  
Now that’s cold!
Important things to know: NASA says it has determined that on August 10 of 2010 in eastern Antarctica, a temperature of minus-135.8 degrees F. was recorded, the Earth’s coldest reading ever. See, you just thought it’s been c-o-l-d around these parts of late.   Speaking of the recent nasty weather, let’s have a round of applause for all the letter-carriers — you know, the folks who walk the neighborhoods to deliver mail — and the newspaper delivery people who bring the paper to your door. By the way, it was Earl Wilson, who went from Rockford, Ohio, to New York City where he wrote a newspaper column from the 1940s to early 1980s, who said, “Snow and adolescence are the only problems that disappear if you ignore them long enough.
voting record actually reflected her border state constituents. Lincoln survived the purge but was so bloodied by the battle that she lost badly in November. Now the “professional liberals” are at it again. Two executives of Third Way, a center-left think tank, wrote an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal warning against the “Warren wing of the Democratic party” that indulges in “fantasy-based blue-state populism.” Liberals immediately demanded that Democrats linked to Third Way denounce the article and sever ties with the organization. This is tea partyism in reverse. And it is just as misguided on the left as on the right. Obama will be president for three more years, and on at least two important issues, he will have to defy his liberal base to accomplish his objectives. One is trade, where promising agreements that could create thousands of new jobs face staunch opposition from organized labor. The other is entitlements, which are swallowing a growing chunk of the federal budget and squeezing out spending on other progressive priorities, such as medical research and early childhood education. The president is open to reform, but the “professional liberals” defend every cent of those entitlements, and even want to expand Social Security. Hard-shell conservatives fantasize that the “Ted Cruz Wing” of the Republican Party will lead them to victory. The loony left is just as misty-eyed about the “Warren Wing” of the Democratic Party. They’re both wrong. This is a moderate, pragmatic country. Any party that ignores that truth is doomed to defeat.
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December 13, 2013
Today is the 347th day of 2013 and the 83rd day of autumn. TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1577, Sir Francis Drake left England on a three-year voyage around the world. In 1972, American astronauts
Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt began the third and final lunar excursion of the Apollo 17 mission. They remain the most recent humans to set foot on the moon. In 2002, Cardinal Bernard Law resigned as archbishop of Boston following sex abuse scandals in the archdiocese.
In 2003, former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. military forces in a small underground hideout near Tikrit, Iraq. TODAY’S QUOTE: “There are more fools in the world than there are people.” — Heinrich Heine
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FRIDAY, Dec. 13: Immanuel House, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 8545 N 500 E, Decatur. Operation Help Food Pantry for Decatur and Monroe residence, 1-3 p.m., Adams County Service Complex, bring your own bags.f A.A. Happy Hour Discussion Group (closed), 5-6 p.m., Decatur Church of God. Reformers Unanimous Addiction Recovery Program, 7-9 p.m., Grace Fellowship Church. SATURDAY, Dec. 14: A.A., 7 p.m., (open speaker/discussion) Cross United Church, Berne. Union Township Lions Club selling citrus fruit, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Walmart.
MONDAY, Dec. 16: Decatur Church of Christ food pantry, 700 E. Monroe St., Decatur, 8-10 a.m. Last names beginning with A-L served on first and third Monday, M-Z served second and fourth Monday.
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Saturday, Dec. 21: Villa Lanes Bowling for all ages, 12-5 p.m. Paying STUFFING FOR A CAUSE — Pictured in front, from left, are stocking stuffer organizer Patti Hogg with bowlers receive a free soft drink. Fee is $2.75 per Bellmont High School volunteers Karley Hockemeyer and  Kaley Butler.  In back, from left, are Bob game/$10 per hour/$1 shoe rental.
Hoffman of American Legion Post 43 (Decatur) and Jerry Villagomez of American Legion Post 468 (Berne); Ron Bollenbacher of V.F.W. Post 6751 (Geneva); Decatur Fire Chief Les Wagner; and Jonathan Zwick of Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, which provided the location for the volunteers to package the boxes as well as financial support for postage. Unavailable for the photo was Boy Scout Troop 67, Grayson Hogg of Sons of American Legion; and BHS senior Dakota Geimer.
Stockings for Soldiers has been a cooperative effort made successful by the support and assistance of Patti Hogg, coordinator of the program and Boys Scout adviser, American Legion Post 468, Berne, VFW Post  6751 (Geneva), and providing financial support for the many boxes being sent is Zwick and Jahn Funeral Homes. Jon Zwick reported this is the third year of supporting and underwriting of the popular ‘Stockings For Soldiers’ program.  “In past two years, we have shipped over 260 stockings to our local soldiers stationed overseas,” said Zwick. “This community donated many supplies requested, and the volunteers spent several hours completing the stocking stuffing task and we are proud to announce this year we sent a total of 286 stockings packed into 27 huge boxes.”  Zwick added we live in a patriotic community that is appreciative and supportive of the military service of our local men and women.  “They have volunteers from high school students to senior citizens. Boxes are loaded with multiple Christmas stockings for groups of Adams County deployed personnel. We know they will not be together with their family this season,” Zwick said. “We hope these boxes of Christmas stockings will be shared with those deployed and act as a reminder that family and friends back home appreciate their service.” In addition to Stockings for Soldiers, Zwick and Jahn Funeral Homes and this committee maintains support for Cell Phones for Soldiers and are currently accepting old cell phones. This program converts used cell phones into calling time for our troops overseas, either by using calling cards or more recently, video phones so soldiers may see family members back home. Those wishing to support the cell phone program may speak with Jon at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home by calling 724-9164 or email at
Sunday, Dec. 22: Villa Lanes Bowling for all ages, 12-5 p.m. Paying bowlers receive a free soft drink. Fee is $2.75 per game/$10 per hour/$1 shoe rental.
Monday, Dec. 23: Gifts and Glacier Games for all ages, 1-3 p.m., Adams County Service Complex. Make a Christmas Craft, rock climbing, complete an obstacle course play a Santa and Reindeer game. Fee is $1. Haworth Lanes Bowling for all ages, 1-5 p.m. Fee is $2.75 per game/$1 shoe rental, per person. Polar Plunge Open Swim at Bellmont High School, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Children 5 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. Play water freeze tag or frozen t-shirt races. Swimmers may be limited due to pool capacity. Pool entrance – door S1. Fee is $1 or pool coupon. Tuesday, Dec. 24: Villa Lanes Bowling for all ages, 12-6 p.m. Paying bowlers receive a free soft drink. Fee is $2.75 per game/$10 per hour/$1 shoe rental.
Paul and Elizabeth (Coblentz) Graber are the parents of a 3-pound, 12-ounce son, Amos E., born Nov. 5, 2013. Grandparents are Amos B. and Nancy (Hilty) Coblentz of Berne; and Amos J. and Amanda (Coblentz) Graber of Berne. Great-grandparents are Sam and Mary Jane Hilty. Amos joins two siblings, Lisa (6) and Amanda (5).
Thursday, Dec. 26: Villa Lanes Bowling for all ages, 1-5 p.m. Paying bowlers receive a free soft drink. Fee is $2.75 per game/$10 per hour/$1 shoe rental. Haworth Lanes Bowling for all ages, 1-5 p.m. Fee is $2.75 per game/$1 shoe rental, per person.
Friday, Dec. 27: Game Day for all ages, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Adams Public Library - Decatur. Play classic board games. No lunch will be provided. Villa Lanes Bowling for all ages, 1-8 p.m. Paying bowlers receive a free soft drink. Fee is $2.75 per game/$10 per hour/$1 shoe rental. Haworth Lanes Bowling for all ages, 1-9 p.m. Fee is $2.75 per game/$1 shoe rental, per person. Open Swim at Bellmont High School, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Children 5 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. Play water freeze tag or frozen t-shirt races. Swimmers may be limited due to pool capacity. Pool entrance – door S1. Fee is $1 or pool coupon.
New Beginnings Family Center will have a Live Nativity 2 p.m. Saturday at the iCare center located at 903 Adams St. Free gifts will be given to every child age 0-10 or fifth grade. Child must be present.
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Sense & Sensitivity
Reader Hates Former Co-Worker’s Success
DEAR HARRIETTE: I just learned that a woman I used to work with is running one of my favorite cosmetics companies. That is really big news, and part of me wants to congratulate her. But a bigger part of me hates her. She was horrible to me and plenty of other employees when we worked with her. She targeted a whole group of us for downsizing, and, rather than calling it what it was, she started questioning our job performance. Can I prove any of this? Not exactly, but I know it happened. We did not sue or anything. But I mention this backstory because it makes my blood boil every time I think of it. So imagine how conflicted I was when I learned that she got this big fat job at MY favorite company. Part of me wants to write to the owner to say, “Watch out. She’s a snake.” The other part says just leave it alone and say nothing. What do you think? -- Mad All Over Again, Chicago DEAR MAD ALL OVER AGAIN: Leave well enough alone, as my mother used to say. Since you chose not to call her on what you thought was unethical or illegal behavior when you had the chance, it doesn’t make sense for you to pose hypotheticals now. Leave her alone. If you learn of any wrongdoing from her company in the future, that’s when you can add your voice. Otherwise, stay out of it. You should also know that she may have been following company policy when she orchestrated the downsizing at your old job. She may have come up with the plan, or she may simply have been the voice for the company’s needs. Point is, what she did was probably bigger than her. Holding a grudge against her does you no good. DEAR HARRIETTE: My son used to be on the football team at his school, but he got kicked off because of poor grades. My husband and I have been telling him for months that if he doesn’t get it together, he will suffer consequences. Now he is moping around the house feeling sorry for himself. That isn’t helping him either. He needs to buckle down and do his schoolwork. How can we convince him that this is a good idea? -- Worried, Milwaukee DEAR WORRIED: Sometimes it takes defeat for someone to wake up to a shortcoming. Sometimes it takes more than that. Get your son evaluated for any learning disabilities, and find out what kind of support he needs to get up to speed on his classes. Invest in a tutor for the subjects where he is weak, if you can. Instead of scolding him, talk to him about his future and about the need to excel, even in areas that do not interest him. Tell him true stories from your life or of others he may know when working hard and struggling through difficulty paid off. He needs to be inspired to see that staying focused and deciding he can achieve is worth it. If the love of the game is still in him, wave that flag, too. He may be able to enjoy playing football again if he gets his grades up.
Michael J. and Marietta A. (Eicher) Hilty, Berne, are the parents of a 7-pound, 14-ounce son, Marlin M., born Dec. 3, 2013. Maternal grandparents are Amos and Wilma Eicher of Monroe. Paternal grandparents are John K. and Sarah Hilty. Great-grandparents are Sam and Mary Jane Hilty of Berne; and Rachel Girod of Fillmore, N.Y. Marlin joins three sisters, Christine (3), Martha (2) and Rosemary (1).
Saturday, Dec. 28: Villa Lanes Bowling for all ages, 12-5 p.m. Paying bowlers receive a free soft drink. Fee is $2.75 per game/$10 per hour/$1 shoe rental. Candy Cane 5K/1 mile Fun Run for all ages, 1 p.m., Riverside Center. Prizes for best holiday costumes. Fee is $15 and includes t-shirt, hot chocolate and candy canes. Register at Riverside Center by Friday Dec. 13 to be guaranteed an official race t-shirt. Register morning of - $15 - may not get t-shirt due to limited available. Call 724-2520 for details.
Sunday, Dec. 29: Villa Lanes Bowling for all ages, 12-9 p.m. Paying bowlers receive a free soft drink. Fee is $2.75 per game/$10 per hour/$1 shoe rental.
David V. and Ester A.E. Hilty are the parents of twin boys, Jonas D.E., 6-pounds, 7-ounces and 19 inches long; and Joseph D.E., 6-pounds, 8-ounces and 19.5 inches long, born Oct. 31, 2013. Grandparents are Amos E.S. and Esther J. Hilty; and Henry M. and Verena L.B. Hilty. Great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Elmer K. Hilty; Mrs. Jonas J. Graber; and Mr. and Mrs. Levi O. Schwartz. Jonas and Joseph join a sister, Esther (1).
Monday, Dec. 30: Candy Creations for all ages, Adams Public Library - Decatur. Create gumdrop snowmen and peppermint snails or maybe a monster gumdrop or two. No lunch will be provided. Game Day for all ages, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Adams Public Library - Geneva. Play classic board games. Win prizes during bingo. Lunch will be peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Game Show Day for all ages, 1-3 p.m., Riverside Center. Play multiple games of bingo, “Minute to Win it” and “Let’s Make a Deal.” Test your luck as you win prizes. Fee is $1 per participant. Haworth Lanes Bowling for all ages, 1-5 p.m. Fee is $2.75 per game/$1 shoe rental, per person. “Wipe-Out” Open Swim at Bellmont High School, 8-10 p.m. Children 5 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. Swimmers may be limited due to pool capacity. Pool entrance – door S1. Fee is $1 or pool coupon.
Tuesday, Dec. 31: Snowy Day Crafts, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Adams Public Library - Decatur. This program is full of snowy crafts. See how many kinds of snowmen you can make. Make your own indoor snowballs for some target practice. No Lunch. Haworth Lanes Bowling for all ages, 1-5 p.m. Fee is $2.75 per game/$1 shoe rental, per person. 1-9 P.M. – Villa Lanes Bowling (All Ages) Villa Lanes Bowling for all ages, 1-9 p.m. Paying bowlers receive a free soft drink. Fee is $2.75 per game/$10 per hour/$1 shoe rental. Wednesday, Jan 1: Villa Lanes Bowling for all ages, 2-9 p.m. Paying bowlers receive a free soft drink. Fee is $2.75 per game/$10 per hour/$1 shoe rental.
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8727 N. U.S. Hwy. 27 (260) 728-4091 Pastor William Royse Sunday: 10 a.m. Worship 6 p.m. Sunday evening service Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Bible study, all ages. Saturday: 6 p.m. Warfare Prayer
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Step up and do your best to get things done this year. High energy and plenty of good ideas should help you reach your goals. Your responses will be quick, and your actions will impress onlookers. Prosperity is apparent, but frugality will also be part of the deal. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Push your ideas, discuss your intentions and show confidence in your every move. Your enthusiasm will help to motivate others as well as lead to some new possibilities. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Follow your heart and your dreams. Creative pursuits that have been carefully thought out will be successful. Your ability to get things done will enhance your popularity and attract valuable partners. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Change the things in your life that haven’t been working. Look at your options, speak up about what you want and follow through with your plans. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Network, socialize and interact with your peers today. Get involved in organizations that have something to offer you. A business venture should be seriously considered. Put your creative talent to work if you want to make a splash. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Patience, compassion and supportive dialogue will help you gain respect and avoid criticism. Don’t let a job you’ve been asked to do get you down -- get it over with and keep moving.
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TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Today calls for a diversion. You should take time to pursue some new activities or cherished hobbies. Put romance at the top of your list and work on the quality of your personal life in general. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- The value of certain partnerships will depend on the discussions you have and the ideas you present. Have alternatives ready to offer but be willing to compromise and make things happen. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Network, join in the festivities and share your thoughts, ideas and capabilities. Don’t be afraid to be a little different if you want to encourage an enticing partnership opportunity. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -Make your move with confidence and dash. Your intellectual appeal will be your ticket to the spotlight. Be persistent and entertaining to win the support you need. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Don’t say anything that you may regret. Size up your situation and offer a kind word or gesture. Make decorative changes to your surroundings. Actions will take priority over dialogue. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -Add a little excitement to your life. Travel plans or signing up for an interesting course will lift your spirits. A relationship may take an unexpected and costly turn. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Good fortune will come through interaction with people of different backgrounds. Find ways to make personal improvements or to indulge in a trip that will bring you satisfaction or joy.
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Digital Views
By Mark Turner
Christmas specials dot television lineup
Today: • 4 p.m. – Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too, ABCFAM; •  4:30 p.m. – Toy Story, ABCFAM; • 6:20 p.m. – Toy Story 2, ABCFAM; • 8 p.m. – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, TBS; Dear Secret Santa, Lifetime; • 8:20 p.m. – Toy Story 3, ABCFAM; •  10:30 p.m. – Toy Story of Terror, ABCFAM. Dec. 14: • 7 a.m. – Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, ABCFAM; •  7:30 a.m. – Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too, ABCFAM; • 8 a.m. – Winnie the Pooh, ABCFAM; • 9:30 a.m. – Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too, ABCFAM; • 10 a.m. – Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas, ABCFAM; • 11:30 a.m. – Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas, ABCFAM; • 1 p.m. – Mickey’s Christmas Carol, ABCFAM; • 2 p.m. – Toy Story, ABCFAM; • 3:50 p.m. – Toy Story 2, ABCFAM; • 4 p.m. – A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride, Lifetime; • 5:50 p.m. – Toy Story 3, ABCFAM; • 8 p.m. – It’s a Wonderful Life, NBC; Christmas on the Bayou, Lifetime; • 8:30 p.m. – Frosty Returns, CBS; • 10 p.m. – A Snow Globe Christmas, Lifetime • 11:30 p.m. – The Muppet Christmas Carol, ABCFAM Dec. 15: • 7:30 a.m. –  Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas, ABCFAM; • 9 a.m. – Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas, ABCFAM; • 9:30 a.m. – Mickey’s Christmas Carol, ABCFAM; • 10 a.m. – A Christmas Carol; • 12 p.m. – I’ll Be Home for Christmas, ABCFAM; • 2 p.m. – All I Want for Christmas, ABCFAM; • 4 p.m. – Deck the Halls, ABCFAM; • 6 p.m. – The Muppet Christmas Carol, ABCFAM; • 8 p.m. – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, ABCFAM; • 10 p.m. – Scrooged, ABCFAM. Dec. 16: • 7 a.m. – Snow, 7 ABCFAM; • 7 p.m. – The Santa Clause, ABCFAM; • 8 p.m. – Dear Secret Santa, Lifetime; Disney Prep and Landing, ABC; •  8:30 p.m. – Prep and Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice; • 9 p.m. – The Santa Clause 2, ABCFAM; Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas; • 9:30 p.m. – Dreamworks Dragons: Gift og the Night Fury; •  10 p.m. –  A Diva’s Christmas Carol, Lifetime; •  11 p.m. – The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, ABCFAM. Dec. 17: • 7 a.m. – Three Days, ABCFAM; • 11 a.m. – Unlikely Angel, ABCFAM; • 1 p.m. – Prancer, ABCFAM; •  3 p.m. –  I’ll Be Home For Christmas, ABCFAM; • 5 p.m. – The Santa Clause, ABCFAM; •  7 p.m. – The Santa Clause 2, ABCFAM; • 9 p.m. – The Polar Express, ABCFAM.
A blue, blue Christmas
Yes, it can be a blue Christmas at your house if you have kids and if they tend to like those adorable little creations known as Smurfs. That’s because the movie “Smurfs 2” has just come out on DVD. In the long run kids will love it and adults will find it slightly amusing. What could make a better Christmas gift? I’ll admit that I didn’t see the first Smurfs movie but after watching this one I don’t think it matters. We all know a little about them from years of Smurf cartoons and the like. This time around it is nearly Smurfette’s birthday. The only female Smurf we know of, the rest of the Smurfs are busy planning a surprise birthday party for her. Unfortunately this leads her to believe everyone has forgotten about her. Smurfette reflects on how she came to be, how the evil sorcerer Gargamel created her as an evil alternative to the Smurfs. But when she got to spend time with the Smurfs she changed for the better. Now she’s afraid of becoming what she once was all over again. About the same time this is going on, Gargamel is now in our world and playing to sell out crowds around the world as the most amazing magician known to man. The secret of his magical abilities lies in the fact that he is using Smurf essence to power his magic wand. But the amount of essence he has is dwindling so he creates new Smurfs, evil ones called Naughties named Vexy and Hackus. The problem is that they don’t provide the pure essence that a real Smurf does so Gargamel sets out to recapture Smurfette and use her to alter his newest creations. If he can capture them all that works too and gives him the ability to rule the world. A portal is made and Smurfette is brought back to our world in Paris where she spends time with Vexy and Hackus. They become friends and the duo tries to show her just how much fun being bad can be. Gargamel pretends to like her and cater to her needs in the hope that she’ll lure the other Smurfs here. Back in their own world the Smurfs realize Smurfette has been kidnapped and set out to rescue her. The problem is there are only enough special crystals for 4 of them to go. Led by Papa Smurf they head out to the home of Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris), the same human that helped them in the first film. When the explain what is going on Patrick, the Smurfs and his family, including the
The Smurfs in Paris, looking for fun and adventure.
step father that Patrick has issues with (Brendan Gleason) all head for France. Confusion reigns supreme from that moment forward as with most movies made these days for the under 10 crowd. The movie does take on some serious topics though as Smurfette must deal with being good or bad. At the same time her new friends learn what it’s like to be around someone who is nice. And Patrick and his step father learn that all is not what it seems when it comes to memories of what happened in their past together. The movie offers some good CGI animation (like most kids movies these days) and the comic moments involving the Smurfs is sure to bring out a number of laughs from the kids. The jokes may not be as amusing to adults, but they aren’t so bad as to cause the continuous eye rolls that some movies do. The story lines are sure to create open ends to discussions you can have with your kids about being good or bad and about knowing what really happened in the past versus what they remember happened. Watch and you’ll understand what I’m talking about. All in all if you have kids this is a movie I’m sure you’ll want to add to their collection. And if you’re a Smurf lover you’ll find yourself in Heaven watching their antics once again. As a bonus there is a great old style animated short included in the special area of the DVD that has the Smurfs dealing with the headless horseman in what appears to be a Halloween themed episode. This would make a great Christmas gift for the Smurf fan no matter what the age.
Dec. 18: • 7 a.m. – Holidaze, ABCFAM; • 9 a.m. – Secret Santa, ABCFAM; • 11 a.m. – The Mistle-Tones, ABCFAM; • 1 p.m. – Santa Baby, ABCFAM; •  3 p.m. –  Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe, ABCFAM; • 5 p.m. – The Polar Express, ABCFAM; • 7 p.m. – Winnie The Pooh And Christmas Too, ABCFAM; • 7:30 p.m. – Mickey’s Christmas Carol, ABCFAM; •  8 p.m. –  Mary Poppins, ABCFAM; Home for the Holidays with Celine Dion, CBS; the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2013, CW; • 10 p.m. – Love at the Christmas Table, Lifetime; Michael Buble Christmas, NBC;
Dec. 19: • 7 a.m. – Eloise At Christmastime, ABCFAM; • 9 a.m. – Mary Poppins, ABCFAM; •  12 p.m. – 12 Dates of Christmas, ABCFAM; • 2 p.m. – Holiday in Handcuffs, ABCFAM; • 4 p.m. – The Family Man, ABCFAM; • 7 p.m. –  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer And the Island of Misfit Toys, ABCFAM; • 8:30 p.m. – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, ABCFAM;
Dec 20: •  7 a.m. – Chasing Christmas, ABCFAM; • 9 a.m. –  Christmas Every Day, ABCFAM; •  11 a.m. – Christmas Do-Over, ABCFAM; • 1 p.m. – The Family Man, ABCFAM; • 2 p.m. – The Christmas Consultant, Lifetime • 4 p.m. – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island Of Misfit Toys, ABCFAM; • 5:30 p.m. – Frosty’s Winter Wonderland, ABCFAM; •  6 p.m. – A Chipmunk Christmas, ABCFAM; All She Wants for Christmas. Lifetime; • 6:30 p.m. – Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, ABCFAM; • 8 p.m. – Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown, FOX; • 9 p.m. – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, ABCFAM.
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Braves looking for DDD SPORTs SCOREBOARd statement at Norwell
Bellmont, not in the overall top 20 for high school wrestling teams, but rated 9th in the 2A coaches poll, will meet No. 10 overall East Noble in the second meet Saturday at Norwell in the annual NHC Quad Dual. East Noble defeated Bellmont soundly a year ago and the Braves are looking forward to the rematch, according to Coach Brent Faurote. East Noble will participate in next month's second annual coaches association team state tournament. The Knights will be in the 3A tourney. Veteran East Noble coach Keith Hoffar informed the Democrat Thursday that fifth rated Connor Knapp, a junior, will not be in the lineup at 120 pounds but will be replaced by promising frosh Blake Gordon. Hoffar also stated that fifth-rated senior Brandon Joest will be unavailable at 220 pounds. He listed no replacement at that weight. Bellmont, 5-2, has two rated wrestlers. No. 14 Mason Mendez at 106 pounds will meet 11th rated Nate Weimer in a battle of highly touted youngsters. Frosh Bryce Baumgartner is ranked 13th at 160 for Belmont. Slated to be available for the Braves are two wrestlers who have yet to wrestle for this season, sophomore Brett Baker at 170 and senior Brock Braun at 145. Senior Trevor Love, held out of Tuesday's win over New Haven, will be battling for a spot at 170 with Baker. The loser of that wrestle-off will also be available at 182 pounds. Another key match puts BHS senior Logan Neher against 8th rated Jake Weimer at 145 pounds. East Noble has the top-rated wrestler at 113 pounds, Garrett Pepple, a state runner-up last February in the individual tourney. The triple-dual begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday with Bellmont taking on DeKalb and Norwell meeting East Noble. A 15-minute break will follow round one, with the Braves taking on East Noble at about 10:45 a.m. Bellmont will meet host Norwell in the third round. Admission will be $5. Officials for the meet will be Michael Miller and Dan McCartney. DeKalb has one rated wrestler in No. 6 Zach Krumlauf, a senior at 138 pounds. The Barons defeated Homestead, lost by two points to Fort Wayne Snider, and fell by 11 to Leo.
Bellmont 5-2 vs. No. 10 E. Noble 106—Mason Mendez So. 6-1(14th) vs. Nate Weimer Fr. (11th) 113—John Becker Fr. 5-2 vs. Garrett Pepple Jr. (No. 1) 120—Trevor Gray Sr. 4-3 vs. *Blake Gordon Fr. 126—Daniel Gunsett So. 4-3 vs. Sterling Lutter Sr. 132—Diego Hutker Sr. 3-3 vs. Nate Householder 138—Danny Baker or Jordan Amacker vs. Mason Diffenderfer 145—Logan Neher Sr. 4-2 vs. Jake Weimer Jr. (8th) 152—Brock Braun Sr. 0-0 vs. Riley Jones Jr. 160—Bryce Baumgartner (13th) Fr. 6-1 vs. Jesse Maley 170—Trevor Love Sr. 4-1 or Brett Baker So. vs. Skylar Haas 182—Corey Coshow Sr. 5-2 vs. Ernest Vincent 195—Carter Friedt So. 5-2 vs. David Salazar So. 220—Fletcher Shaneyfelt Sr. 1-5 vs. *(Brandon Joest NA, 5th) 285—Aaron Bergman So. 3-3 vs. Sid Napier * EN Coach says No. 5 rated Connor Knapp, 120 pounds, will not wrestle Saturday, nor will No. 5 rated Brandon Joest, a Sr., at 220 pounds. No sub was listed at 220. National Football League By The Associated Press AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA New England 10 3 0 .769 349 287 Miami 7 6 0 .538 286 276 N.Y. Jets 6 7 0 .462 226 337 Buffalo 4 9 0 .308 273 334 South W L T Pct PF PA y-Indianapolis 8 5 0 .615 313 316 Tennessee 5 8 0 .385 292 318 Jacksonville 4 9 0 .308 201 372 Houston 2 11 0 .154 250 350 North W L T Pct PF PA Cincinnati 9 4 0 .692 334 244 Baltimore 7 6 0 .538 278 261 Pittsburgh 5 8 0 .385 291 312 Cleveland 4 9 0 .308 257 324 West W L T Pct PF PA x-Denver 11 3 0 .786 535 372 Kansas City 10 3 0 .769 343 224 San Diego 7 7 0 .500 343 311 Oakland 4 9 0 .308 264 337 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA Philadelphia 8 5 0 .615 334 301 Dallas 7 6 0 .538 357 348 N.Y. Giants 5 8 0 .385 251 334 Washington 3 10 0 .231 279 407 South W L T Pct PF PA New Orleans 10 3 0 .769 343 243 Carolina 9 4 0 .692 298 188 Tampa Bay 4 9 0 .308 244 291 Atlanta 3 10 0 .231 282 362 North W L T Pct PF PA Detroit 7 6 0 .538 346 321 Chicago 7 6 0 .538 368 360 Green Bay 6 6 1 .500 316 326 Minnesota 3 9 1 .269 315 395 West W L T Pct PF PA x-Seattle 11 2 0 .846 357 205 San Francisco 9 4 0 .692 316 214 Arizona 8 5 0 .615 305 257 St. Louis 5 8 0 .385 289 308 -clinched playoff spot x y-clinched division ——— Thursday’s Game San Diego 27, Denver 20 Sunday’s Games Philadelphia at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Washington at Atlanta, 1 p.m. San Francisco at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Seattle at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Chicago at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Houston at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Buffalo at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. New England at Miami, 1 p.m. Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Carolina, 4:05 p.m. Arizona at Tennessee, 4:25 p.m. New Orleans at St. Louis, 4:25 p.m. reen Bay at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. G Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m. Monday’s Game Baltimore at Detroit, 8:40 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22 Tampa Bay at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Kansas City, 1 p.m. Denver at Houston, 1 p.m. Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m. Dallas at Washington, 1 p.m. Cleveland at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Minnesota at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Arizona at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Detroit, 4:05 p.m. Oakland at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. Pittsburgh at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. New England at Baltimore, 4:25 p.m. Chicago at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23 Atlanta at San Francisco, 8:40 p.m. naheim 2, Minnesota 1 A Thursday’s Games Tampa Bay 2, Detroit 1, SO Colorado 4, Winnipeg 3, SO Columbus 4, N.Y. Rangers 2 Philadelphia 2, Montreal 1 Ottawa 2, Buffalo 1 St. Louis 6, Toronto 3 Nashville 3, Dallas 1 Calgary 2, Carolina 1, OT Phoenix 6, N.Y. Islanders 3 Boston 4, Edmonton 2 San Jose 3, Minnesota 1 Friday’s Games New Jersey at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Washington at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Edmonton at Vancouver, 9 p.m. Saturday’s Games Calgary at Buffalo, 2 p.m. Los Angeles at Ottawa, 2 p.m. Dallas at Winnipeg, 3 p.m. Chicago at Toronto, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Detroit, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Montreal at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. St. Louis at Columbus, 7 p.m. San Jose at Nashville, 8 p.m. Carolina at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Colorado, 9 p.m. Boston at Vancouver, 10 p.m. L.A. Clippers Phoenix Golden State L.A. Lakers Sacramento
W L Pct GB 15 9 .625 — 12 9 .571 1 1/2 13 10 .565 1 1/2 10 11 .476 3 1/2 6 14 .300 7
National Hockey League By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Boston 32 22 8 2 46 90 64 Montreal 33 19 11 3 41 86 73 Tampa Bay 31 18 10 3 39 87 77 Detroit 33 15 9 9 39 88 87 Toronto 33 16 14 3 35 90 96 Ottawa 33 13 14 6 32 94 106 Florida 32 10 17 5 25 73 106 Buffalo 32 7 23 2 16 54 94 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Pittsburgh 32 21 10 1 43 98 71 Washington 31 17 12 2 36 98 90 Carolina 33 13 13 7 33 76 93 Columbus 32 14 15 3 31 82 88 Philadelphia 32 14 15 3 31 72 86 N.Y. Rangers 33 15 17 1 31 72 88 New Jersey 32 12 14 6 30 73 82 N.Y. Islanders 33 9 19 5 23 83 117 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 34 23 6 5 51 129 93 St. Louis 30 21 6 3 45 106 70 Colorado 30 21 9 0 42 87 71 Minnesota 34 18 11 5 41 79 80 Dallas 30 14 11 5 33 84 89 Nashville 32 15 14 3 33 74 90 Winnipeg 33 14 14 5 33 86 94 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 34 22 7 5 49 108 87 San Jose 32 20 6 6 46 106 79 Los Angeles 32 21 7 4 46 88 63 Phoenix 31 18 8 5 41 103 97 Vancouver 33 18 10 5 41 88 81 Calgary 31 12 15 4 28 81 101 Edmonton 33 11 19 3 25 91 113 OTE: Two points for a win, one N point for overtime loss. Wednesday’s Games Los Angeles 3, Toronto 1 Chicago 7, Philadelphia 2
National Basketball Association By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Boston 10 14 .417 — Brooklyn 8 14 .364 1 Toronto 7 13 .350 1 Philadelphia 7 16 .304 2 1/2 New York 6 15 .286 2 1/2 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 16 6 .727 — Atlanta 11 11 .500 5 Charlotte 10 12 .455 6 Washington 9 11 .450 6 Orlando 7 15 .318 9 Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 19 3 .864 — Detroit 10 13 .435 9 1/2 Chicago 8 12 .400 10 Cleveland 8 13 .381 10 1/2 Milwaukee 5 17 .227 14 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 17 4 .810 — Houston 15 8 .652 3 Dallas 13 10 .565 5 New Orleans 10 10 .500 6 1/2 Memphis 10 11 .476 7 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Portland 19 4 .826 — Oklahoma City 17 4 .810 1 Denver 13 8 .619 5 Minnesota 11 11 .500 7 1/2 Utah 5 19 .208 14 1/2 Pacific Division
——— Wednesday’s Games Orlando 92, Charlotte 83 L.A. Clippers 96, Boston 88 Minnesota 106, Philadelphia 99 San Antonio 109, Milwaukee 77 Oklahoma City 116, Memphis 100 New Orleans 111, Detroit 106, OT New York 83, Chicago 78 Utah 122, Sacramento 101 Golden State 95, Dallas 93 Thursday’s Games Brooklyn 102, L.A. Clippers 93 Portland 111, Houston 104 Friday’s Games Cleveland at Orlando, 7 p.m. Charlotte at Indiana, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Toronto, 7 p.m. New York at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Washington at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Brooklyn at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Memphis at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Chicago at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Minnesota at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Sacramento at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Utah at Denver, 9 p.m. Houston at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Saturday’s Games L.A. Clippers at Washington, 7 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Cleveland at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Atlanta at New York, 7:30 p.m. Toronto at Chicago, 8 p.m. Portland at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. Milwaukee at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. San Antonio at Utah, 9 p.m. Wednesday’s College Basketball By The Associated Press EAST Canisius 69, Buffalo 55 George Washington 70, Boston U. 60 Niagara 83, Davidson 72 Penn St. 68, Duquesne 59 Princeton 78, Rutgers 73 SOUTH Coppin St. 91, UMBC 71 Jacksonville St. 63, Alcorn St. 52 Louisiana Tech 93, Northwestern St. 71 UCF 79, Howard 64 UNC Greensboro 75, Claflin 70 MIDWEST Bowling Green 79, North Dakota 69 N. Dakota St. 73, Notre Dame 69 Ohio St. 86, Bryant 48 Wisconsin 78, Milwaukee 52 FAR WEST Arizona 74, New Mexico St. 48 BYU 100, Prairie View 52 Denver 80, Colorado St. 70 Montana 69, Idaho 58
Chargers rein Manning, Broncos, 27-20
By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer DENVER (AP) — Now, Peyton Manning gets a chance to rest. Big question: Does he really need a break? Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers kept Manning on the sideline most of the game and handed the Denver Broncos and unexpected and harmful 27-20 loss Thursday night. Rivers threw two touchdown passes to Keenan Allen and kept the Chargers’ offense on the field for nearly 39 minutes, keeping their playoff hopes alive while turning Denver’s supposedly easy road to the AFC West title and top seeding in the conference into something much different. ‘‘We didn’t play well, didn’t stay on the field, didn’t have the ball much and, when we did, we didn’t do much with it,’’ Manning said. The Broncos gained 13 yards on the 13 plays they ran after taking a 10-3 lead late in the first quarter. That covered four drives during which they went three-and-out three times and picked up a total of one first down. ‘‘The longer you keep the ball and the less he has it, the better off you’re going to be,’’ said Chargers coach Mike McCoy, Manning’s former offensive coordinator. Rivers finished 12 for 20 for 166 yards and improved to 28-6 in December. Ryan Matthews matched his season high with 127 yards on 29 carries. After Denver’s long dry spell on offense, San Diego led 24-10, and though the Broncos (113) had overcome doubledigit deficits four times this season to win, it wasn’t happening this time. They pulled within seven and Manning got the ball on the Denver 3 with 5:50 left. He moved the Broncos 30 yards in two plays with the help of a penalty. But the Chargers’ maligned defense produced some pass rush and forced a bad throw, which linebacker Thomas Keiser picked off at the Denver 33. The Chargers (7-7) got a field goal to go up 10. Denver answered with a field goal but couldn’t recover the onside kick. Manning’s final numbers were decent — 27 for 41 for 289 yards and two touchdowns — but padded during desperation time. As most veterans do, especially this time of year, Manning griped about the short turnaround between a Sunday and Thursday game, the likes of which have become more common since the NFL started scheduling midweek contests for almost every week. Adding to the fatigue: Denver ran 91 plays on offense while scoring 51 points Sunday in a blowout over Tennessee. ‘‘Did the (91) plays on offense take a toll? I can’t
Nets hold home over Clips
NEW YORK (AP) — Andray Blatche and Joe Johnson each scored 21 points in the Brooklyn Nets’ 102-93 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night, making Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett winners in their first matchup with Doc Rivers. Brook Lopez had 16 points and Deron Williams 15 for the Nets, who won their season-high third straight. Pierce scored 10 points off the bench in his second game back from a broken hand. Chris Paul scored 20 points but had just two assists as the Clippers lost for the first time in nine games this season when he reaches 20. Pierce and Garnett went 2-0 in a reunion tour of exCeltics this week. TRAIL BLAZERS 111,
ROCKETS 104 PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 31 points and a careerhigh 25 rebounds, prompting Portland fans to chant ‘‘MVP! MVP!’’ during a victory over Houston. Robin Lopez added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Blazers, who sit atop the Western Conference standings at 19-4. Dwight Howard had 32 points and 17 rebounds for the Rockets, who beat the Blazers 116-101 on Nov. 5. That was one of just two losses at home this season for Portland. The Trail Blazers led by 10 early in the fourth quarter, but Houston closed to 97-95 after James Harden made a layup and a free throw with 4:45 to go. Nicolas Batum’s 3-pointer pushed Portland’s lead to 102-95.
answer that,’’ Manning said. Now, he’ll get 10 days to chew on it. It was the first regular-season loss at home for Denver in 14 tries, dating to last September against Houston, back when Manning was still getting his footing in Denver and the Texans, who happen to be Denver’s next opponent, were still good. Whatever it was, it worked for the Chargers, who started gaining some confidence against Denver when they scored the final 14 points in a 28-20 loss to the Broncos last month. Doesn’t hurt that they’re coached by Manning’s former offensive coordinator, McCoy, who won the opening coin toss and boldly deferred, giving the Manning the ball first. Manning marched the Broncos 67 yards in seven plays for a quick score and this had the looks of a typical blowout for a team that’s cracked 50 points three times this year.
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Jets topple short-handed Stars, 51-27
By JIM HOPKINS Adams Central and rival South Adams split 10 matches Thursday at the Central P.E. gym, and the Jets took four forfeits from Barry Humble's Starfires in a 51-27 ACAC victory. The win puts the Jets, rated No. 1 in Class A, at 1-1 in dual meets, both ACAC contests, while the Starfires, No. 4 in Class A, fell to 2-5 overall and 0-2 in the conference. Both teams will participate in the Coaches Association State Team Tourney next month. Humble, who coached the Jets to multiple ACAC and sectional titles in a 22-year coaching stint there, appeared for the first time since taking the reins of South Adams this fall. He had a 17-year run at New Haven. The meet began at 126 pounds, and Andy Oliver ignited a three-match pin run for the Jets when he forced over frosh Josh Lahr in 3:42. Hunter Bates needed two minutes to dispatch Skylar Strout at 132, and senior Derek Ellinger, honored as the only AC senior on the squad prior to the meet, cradled Matt Nussbaum in 1:55 at 138 pounds. When Humble chose to move junior Boaz Marbach to 152 and forfeit to veteran Luke Liter at 145, is was 24-0 Jets. That's the margin by which the host team won. "Effectively, with four forfeits, when Elllinger walked off the mat the meet was over. That does take some of the fun and excitement out of it," stated Adams Central coach Doug Schultz, who wrestled for Humble in a previous age. "If we had Sawyer (Miller, out with illness) out there I'm pretty sure that would have been six points for us at 120," said Humble of his best wrestler. "We were pleased with our kids. We were frustrated that we had those holes, but none of them quit. They didn't say 'okay, we can't win,' and give up. They battled," praised Humble. "Liter was excited to wrestle, thought he had a quality match, but I know coach Humble was trying to close the gap, make his kids believe in what they are doing," noted Schultz of the move. Marbach, son of former AC standout Jim Marbach, barred over AC sophomore Ryan Ashley for a 1:51 fall to put the Starfires on the board at 152. The Jets took forfeits with Kaine Luginbill at 160, Julian Aguirre at 170, and Karthon McCullough at 182 to make it 42-6. The Starfires then won three straight. Senior Klayton Hinshaw doubled Alex Kaehr to his back for a 2:27 fall at 195, then SA senior Kyle Kilsby, spurred by a stalling warning, bounced AC frosh Nash Brunner to his back with a hard double-leg, and that four-point move was the difference in a 9-5 win. Starfire Andrew Beachey fought through a cradle try by Isiah Bollenbacher to score a 3:32 fall at heavyweight. That made it a 41-21 meet. "My kid, even though he is a senior, had those knee surgeries and was out the last two years," said Humble of Kilsby. "After he got that stalling he took out right after him. He only weighs about 205, so he gave up about 15 pounds," said the veteran coach of his 6-1 senior. "I hate the fact that we did the switch at 145," added Humble. "We could lose 12 or 9 points, but if we take the forfeit and we win at 152 and get the pin, it was flat. I'll do whatever it takes to help us compete." The meet moved back to the top and the Jets' Anthony Mosser needed just 1:51 to reverse and lock up Kadin Gerber. Chance Sprunger made his high school debut for the Starfires at 113, scoring a 4:40 fall over the Jets' Eli Hill in what was a close match to that point. At 120 pounds, frosh Jarren Gremaux made his varsity debut for the Jets, finally scoring on a late cradle and tipping Briar Goodwin 7-5 to end the night. "Eli did a nice job against a kid who has a lot of experience," praised Central assistant Tony Currie. Sprunger did not wrestle as a freshman but was involved in the sport as a youth. He became eligible Thursday. "Gremaux won wrestle-off last night, and he did a nice job battling through. He has to work on some positioning. He hit about three cradles going out of bounds. It is what it is, but the freshman is wrestling hard," praised Currie. "Our kids in the middle took care of business," noted Schultz. "I thought Mosser went out there and put it on a kid who looked pretty good. Hill and Sprunger had a good match going. Hill had the head outside on the single-leg attempt, but he's got to come up and finish. He stayed on his knees too long and the kid pancaked him," described the AC coach. "At 220, we have a freshman against one of their strong, physical seniors, and he was staying right there with him. He's a young kid at a tough weight class so he's just going to have to learn," offered Currie. "At heavyweight, it was a one point match. Isiah locked up cradle, goes for stack and back, gets a little loose and the kid turns his hips over and when you have 250 pounds on you laying on you hard to recover." "It's hard to go from a really technically sound group of kids to a really young and inexperienced group of kids, but's the reality of it," said Schultz of his squad. "It's a learning curve. "I think we did a nice job tonight. South Adams has some string kids. Humble is still recruiting in the hallways and by the end of the season they'll look a little differently and plug some of those holes, and we'll hopefully get some of our younger kids moved along and be able to stay in the matches," said Currie. Ellinger and team managers Deatra Gremaux and Morgan Hill were honored on senior night. Ellinger is 106-30 with two ACAC crowns, a sectional title and three appearances at semistate. The Jets' schedule now gets serious. Bellmont (5-2) visits on Tuesday (main gym), there is an ACAC quad Thursday at Woodlan with Garrett, and Southern Wells, and then the Jets are in a very tough Super 10 at New Haven. "In our pool are Floyd Central, Mooresville, Maconaquah, and Elkhart Memorial and we're opposite Yorktown, Leo, and Prairie Heights," outlined Currie. "It's the meat of our schedule, nine matches from Tuesday to Saturday, then we have some time off. We need to tighten things up and keep improving." South Adams is slated for the New Castle Super Dual on Saturday, weather permitting.
Surprise!! I lose...sort of
Fresh off of my overtime (new baseball league) election loss Monday night, I was commiserating with my best bud back in Alamo town, explaining to him that winning actual elections where I had an opponent was a happening that ... well, never happened. "But we always had those elections back in elementary school when we elected a president of the class every semester," he reminded me. "Surely you won one of those." I would have remembered that, even a half-centry or so later. No, the only election I ever really won was getting tabbed media person of the year a quarter of a century ago by the Indiana wrestling coaches Hall of Fame committee. I'm assuming that the persistence and insistence of Mary (Friedt) and Helen (Mankey) had as much to do with that success as the tablet of wrestling stories I produced when the Braves won back-to-back state mat titles. Long live Denny Hays! While losing out as Taylor U. freshman class vicepresident was a setback to my plan for conquering college, there were plenty of volunteer positions, such as dorm intramural sports director, to which I could appoint myself, and I did. When one makes up a position, it's easy to pencil in your own name. There was one election that I lost, but then won, and it's hard to explain. Almost 20 years ago, with a lot of help, I founded the Decatur Football League. There was one other gentleman with whom I partnered the vision and initial work, but I refuse to write the letters of his name on a column I own. It's my column and I'll cry if I want to! After a year, this partner left, then returned to a meeting about 15 months later and announced he wanted to be president of the league. "We have one," I noted. "It's me." Apparently, it was more than just a passing fancy. This turncoat had his ducks in a row on a night when there were no scheduled elections. We vote. Of course, I lose ... with blood dripping off of my back! It wasn't pretty, and after some pleasantries, I went down to my Dodge, got two huge stacks of materials and brought them upstairs to the meeting room and plopped them on a table. "You want it, it's yours. It's ALL yours. Good ... luck!!" I said, maybe not in those exact words. "Aren't you going to stay on and be my V.P. and share the load like we did a couple of years ago (he rememA. Central 51, S. Adams 27 bered more sharing than I did)?" 126-Oliver (AC) p. Lahr 3:42 132-Bates (AC) p. Shrout 2:00 My response mirrored that of another man of quiet 138-Ellinger (AC) p. Nussbaum 1:55 dignity, Peyton Manning, who last week was criticised 145-Luke Liter (AC) WBF for being a cold-weather loser. After hitting 39 of 59 152-Marbach (SA) p. Ashley 1:31 160-Kaine Luginbill (AC) WBF passes for 400 yards and a bunch of touchdowns in 170-Julian Aguirre (AC) WBF frigid conditions, Manning said something about the 182-Karthon McCullough (AC) WBF 195-Hinshaw (SA) p. Kaehr 2;27 sun shining, or a place that it most certainly does NOT. 220-Kilsby (SA) d. Brunner 9-5 This one-time associate of mine, who ran a feel-good 285-Beachey (SA) p. Bollenbacher 3:32 business and raised funds on the speaking tour, imag106-Mosser (AC) p. Gerber (SA) ined informing the Lions, Rotary, Optimists, etc. about 113-Sprunger (SA) p. Hill 4:40 120-Gremaux (AC) d. Goodwin 7-5 HIS league, then hitting up the boys for some funds for his full-time show. JV: A. Central 6, S. Adams 6 He wasn't planning on actually doing the DFL dirty 113-T. Miller (A) p. Cole 3:14 120-Boxell (SA) p. Free 3:26 work. "I don't know why you're upset," Bozo said to me in an unwanted meeting at the Pioneer two days later. "What can I do to make this right?" That was simple. "Call a DFL meeting, resign, then nominate me for president, Close the nominations .... then move on." He bit! I got the stacks of paperwork back. Life was grand again! And I won an election, kinda. Or was it an execution? The Pioneer closed its doors years ago (I really miss Sally, Beth .. and the canned chicken salad). Besides, there's no buyer's remorse, I'm sure, for the group that now runs the North Adams-Decatur-Monmouth Baseball thing. They have grand plans, including a volunteer board of 16 people all doing their specific jobs, most of which I hoarded for the past five years, depriving all of those would-be volunteers of their contributorship stripes. Of course, I had some great help. I mean it. Rex Brewer, Tony Staub, Pat Wellman, Tiny Lee, Dave Krick, Ken Teeple, Kristie Brown ... all answered the call and were amazing. My better half proved many halves, serving as treasurer, secretary, concessions director ... and head of morale. It's going to take a chunk of volunteers to fill those size seven-and-halfs! It was a great run, those 40 years in Decatur baseball. I could never really imagine raising funds and raking fields for a conglomerate. I'll certainly miss the old Decatur Little League. May she rest in peace! And the Senators ... what a rush! My boys did good! No, GREAT! I'll never forget them, and my controller, Randy Hendricks! We played hard, we hit hard, we slid hard, we threw OLIVER TOSSES—Adams Central 126-pounder Andy Oliver flips over SA’s Josh Lahr at the first whistle of hard! We coached hard! Thursday’s ACAC dual meet at Monroe. Oliver failed to get this takedown, but won by fall. The Jets scored Now, I retire ... easy! I win!!! a 51-27 win. (Photo by Jim Hopkins)
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